Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Dimes (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,342,844
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.94 (5/6/2021)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 S 10C MS obverse 1897 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint more than doubled its 1896 production of dimes this year. With only a few persons collecting this series by date and mint at the time, nearly all of these dimes became heavily worn. The survivors thus consist mostly of a few lower-end Mint State pieces and coins grading G-4 or less.

Gems are very rare. Typical of S-Mint coins from the 1890s, a few prooflike examples have survived and are highly prized.

A couple of misplaced date varieties are known. On a common issue these might be attractive to collectors, but the already high prices for any 1897-S dime greatly limit their appeal.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/12/2019

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1897 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.00 85.00 100.00 140 210 275 325 400 470 530 590 725 1250 1800 3150 5750 18500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 800 1400 1950 - 9500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 132
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1897 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base21071018493198-551119621---130
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Total21071018493198-551119621---130
 2%8%5%8%14%3%7%2%1%7%6%-4%4%8%15%5%2%1%--- 
1897 S 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------11-------2
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Total-------------11-------2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 S 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11512734845659170977492110341139123513261566202924173431454668237273107511160312505
11920138450163073182395910691171126514061720215827553803530569738432110351190413130
000000823959106911711265140617202158275538035305697384321103500
000000872996110412031296148618752288309341746064712395921131900
1897 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41115320423551663725802865974107311661252148319282302328143616574104011075111109
661833544665886847518239011007110411951329163120532628364150997850105181087011664
00000075182390110071104119513291631205326283641509978501051800
00000077684493810401135122314061780217729554001583691251063400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1252
Owner: tsevni2
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 663
Owner: Steve's Excellent Collections
 
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